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“Too” is the adverb which we use after mentioning another person, thing, or aspect that a previous statement applies to or includes:
Nice to see you! – Nice to see you too!
I love you! – I love you too!
She must learn that I, too, have feelings.
I, too, have seen that movie.
Pay attention to the punctuation in the sentences above. If you decide to use “too” in the middle of a sentence, use a comma before and after the adverb (however, this rule is not strict, and you may omit the commas). If you use it as the end, don’t use a comma.
We use “too” after adding a piece of information or a comment to a statement, in order to emphasize that it is surprising or important:
He did learn to speak the language, and quickly too.
People usually think of it as a “teen movie”, which of course it is, and a very good one too.
We often use the informal, spoken phrase “me too” instead of “I am too”, “I do too”, “I have too” etc.:
I like Tom Cruise. – Me too! (= I do too / So do I / I like Tom Cruise too).
I have traveled to Mexico. – Me too! (= I have too / So have I / I have traveled to Mexico too.
Note that it’s not always possible to use “me too”:
I love you! –
Me too!I love you too!
When we say “me too”, we state that each and every word said by the person we are talking to applies to us. That’s why if someone says “I love you!” and you reply “Me too!”, it means “I love me too”, “I love myself“.
We use “also” to give more information about a person or thing, or to add another relevant fact:
The film is interesting and also very long.
He speaks German and also Russian.
She is very beautiful. Also, she is incredibly smart.
We use “also” to indicate that something you have just said about one person or thing is true of another person or thing:
We have been working very hard, and our families have also worked hard. = … , and our families have worked hard too.
Not only cancer, but also heart and lung disease are influenced by smoking.
Note that “also” is rarely used at the end of a sentence. When it is, it connects two phrases (e.g. He was out. His mother was out also.)
When “also” is used at the beginning, it is to emphasize what follows or to add a new point or topic. Also, “also” is much more typical of writing than of speaking.
AS WELL AS
We use the phrase “as well as” when we want to mention another item connected with the subject we are discussing:
It is in his best interests as well as yours.
Wearing the right shoes and clothes as well as being fit can make all the difference.
We use “as well” when mentioning something which happens in the same way as something else already mentioned, or which should be considered at the same time as that thing. Basically, it is a spoken equivalent of “too” or “also” which always occurs at the end of a sentence:
Customer: I’ll have pizza please.
Customer: And I’ll have a glass of white wine as well.